Health and Wellbeing
By David Geselbracht on October 18, 2013
Did you know that UBC employs more alumni than any other organization?
In fact, 36% of all staff and faculty are UBC alumni.
Letting UBC students know that working at UBC is a possibility, and that thousands of people are already doing it, are messages that, as an employer, UBC wanted to share at the 2013 Career Days fair held in the SUB earlier this month.
At Career Days I was able to chat some UBC staff who are also UBC alumni, and learn a little bit more about their experiences working at their alma mater.
Andrea Lovely, who graduated in 2009 with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology, now works as Human Resources Coordinator with Community Services.
She first worked for UBC as a student with Conferences and Accommodation, and later, from contacts made through a mentoring program at UBC, learned of employment opportunities with Human Resources.
She loves her work there because she always feels supported, especially from her colleagues who have “a lot of knowledge” and who “work hard to keep you once you start.”
The sense of community at UBC is also a big draw. Last year she ran the Fall Classic 10km run around UBC with her department, and also played in a soccer league with some colleagues.
“UBC is kind of a hub for a lot of things in my life,” she said.
This year Andrea is planning to volunteer – as a mentor this time – for the same mentoring program she participated in at the start of her UBC career.
Another UBC alum, Winnie Kam, graduated in 2008 with a major in psychology and a minor in economics and now works for Human Resources. Before working in HR she worked in Accounts Receivable, where she gained experience and was able to take accounting classes on the side to improve her skills. Her job in HR now allows her to connect with many different people, an important aspect for her.
“It was always my intention to work with people,” she explained.
Lately Winnie has been practicing a lot of Zumba and is currently working towards an instructor’s certification. It’s a “Reggae tone dance mixed with some cardio, but basically, it’s just a lot of fun,” she described.
Many of the Zumba classes she takes are open to employees through Health, Wellbeing and Benefits.
And finally, I chatted with Kathryn Moore, an HR Coordinator with the Development and Alumni Engagement portfolio. She graduated in 2009 from the Sauder School of Business and worked for a few years at Ernst and Young downtown before coming back to UBC to work in HR.
“I fell in love with the team here,” she explains, “It’s an amazing group of people.”
Kathryn also lives close by and enjoys biking to work, and during lunchtime practices yoga at a staff recreation program.
Andrea, Winnie and Kathryn were just a few of the many UBC staff and alumni volunteering at Career Days, who came out to show students there are job opportunities at UBC after graduation, and that it’s a great place to work as well.
In fact, in 2013, UBC was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.
Are you a UBC alum who works at the university and would you like to share your story? Please connect with us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you!
By Breeonne Baxter on October 18, 2011
Expecting an addition to your family? We have a step-by-step guide to taking a maternity, parental or adoptive leave at UBC available on our website.
The step-by-step instructions will guide you through the following processes:
- notifying your Department of your leave;
- requesting a Record of Employment;
- applying for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits available from Service Canada;
- applying for UBC Supplemental Employment Benefit (SEB) top-up;
- maintaining your benefits while on leave; and
- enrolling your newborn on the UBC benefits plans.
For further information, please visit the Leaves section of the UBC Human Resources website and click on the maternity, parental or adoptive leaves section for your particular employment group.
If you have any questions, or you have feedback on the guide itself, please contact HR Benefits Analyst Stephanie Mah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 14, 2011
Sun Life, UBC’s benefits provider, has launched a new mobile app for iPhone and Blackberry.
With the app, you can
- submit and track medical, dental and vision claims;
- use your smartphone as your drug and travel cards;
- check plan balances; and
- use interactive tools to see how you can increase your savings.
Find out how to download the apps at http://www.sunlife.ca/mobile/.
Want to know more about UBC Benefits? Visit our Benefits site.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 14, 2011
Here at UBC, our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. Please read the following for more information on support services available to UBC Faculty and Staff.
Information for Faculty and Staff:
- UBC Travel Benefits (including information on accessing emergency services outside of Canada)
- Travel Advisories (Government of Canada page)
- UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
- The Canadian Red Cross is collecting donations for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami
Human Solutions, our EFAP provider, has put together a document about coping with the emotional aftereffects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan: Download Coping with the Emotional Aftereffects of the Tsunami [.pdf].
Information for Students:
Please visit the UBC Bulletins page for full information.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 21, 2011
We have a number of Focus on People initiatives already happening in 2011:
- The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund is accepting applications until Feb. 25, 2011.
- Recognition opportunities are being expanded for staff, with nominations now being accepted for the President’s Service Awards for Excellence.
Visit the Focus on People website to learn more about the initiatives and programs supporting UBC’s people practices.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 27, 2010
The Amazing Race Health Challenge is back! Join UBC’s staff and faculty community in this year’s race to a healthier you. The challenge is 5 weeks in length beginning November 8, 2010 continuing until December 12, 2010. The challenge is open to all UBC staff and faculty members.
On your own, or in teams of 3 to 10, collect points by completing a variety of activities each day. These include anything from eating fruits and vegetables to completing a Sudoku puzzle. You may already be completing some of the included activities on a daily basis so why not join your colleagues in this year’s challenge to improve health and wellness among staff and faculty? The challenge includes health activities in all five dimensions of wellness: physical activity, nutrition, intellectual, psychological and social/community.
For details on how to register, visit http://thrive.ubc.ca/amazing-race/
By Breeonne Baxter on September 13, 2010
UBC Athletics has a number of offerings for UBC Staff and Faculty during the school year. UBC Employees can access Athletics and Recreation programs such as:
- $5 tickets for all UBC Thunderbird games
- Access to Intramural Programs
- Discounts on UBC REC programs
- Discounted access to the UBC Aquatic Centre, the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, and UBC Birdcoop.
For a full list of Athletics and Recreation opportunities on the Vancouver campus for Staff and Faculty, view the brochure (pdf).
By Breeonne Baxter on June 7, 2010
There is more information now available about UBC Breastfeeding-Friendly Spaces at UBC Vancouver. This is a joint initiative from Human Resources, the Equity Office and the Department of Health, Safety and Environment. For information about the UBC Breastfeeding-Friendly Spaces at UBC Okanagan, which are already established, please go to the UBC Okanagan Sustainability Office website.
While every mother has the right to breastfeed in public, some mothers may prefer to breastfeed their children in more discreet settings for personal, religious or ethnic reasons. To support diversity and as part of the University’s effort to create a supportive and healthy environment for all students, staff and faculty UBC has created a network of semi-private and private Breastfeeding-Friendly Spaces across campus, but we need your help to create more spaces.
- Quiet, clean and sanitary spaces identified by common signage (signs coming soon)
- Comfortable seating, electrical outlets, and change table in room or a nearby washroom
- Sanitization and educational information for families
The degree of privacy in designated spaces varies from private to semi-private. Signage outside of these spaces will signify if the space is private or semi-private.
These spaces are designed for mothers to breastfeed or pump, yet many of these spaces can be used by anyone tending to a child. Fathers should note that some spaces are women-only spaces, due to facility constraints (eg. the space is accessed only through a women’s washroom).
Information about the spaces is updated on the Health, Safety and Environment website.